Scream Queen Profile: Asia Argento

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Asia Argento was born into a family of actors and filmmakers, most notably of which is one of my favorite directors, the legendary Dario Argento. She is also Daria Nicolodi’s daughter and Claudio Argento’s niece. She made her acting debut when she was only nine years old in Sergio Citti’s “Sogni e bisogni” (1985). In 1988, she had the leading role in Cristina Comencini’s first film, “Zoo” (1988) and was part of the cast of Michele Soavi’s “The Church” (1989). The following year she played Nanni Moretti’s daughter in “Red Lob” (1989).

She was born Asia Aria Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento on  September 20, 1975 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. When she was born, the city registry office refused to acknowledge Asia as a proper name, and instead officially inscribed her as Aria Argento. She nonetheless uses the name Asia Argento professionally. Argento has said that as a child she was lonely and depressed, owing in part to her parents’ work. Her father used to read her his scripts as bedtime stories.

Her close friends are Valeria Golino, Adrien Brody, Libero De Rienzo, Vera Gemma, Norman Reedus, Laura Albert, Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan.

It was with “Close Friends” (1992), written and directed by Michele Placido, that Asia’s career really took off and she was able to move on from playing very young girls to more mature, complex roles. The movie was well-received at the Cannes International Film Festival. In “Trauma” (1993), she worked for the first time with her father, Dario Argento. She also went on to have roles in Argento’s “The Phantom of the Opera” (1998) and “The Stendhal Syndrome” (1996).

Asia ArgentoArgento has proven her ability to work in multiple languages, adding French, with a role as Charlotte de Sauve in 1994’s “La Reine Margot.” That same year, Asia turned her hand to directing and turned out two short films: “Prospettive” (an episode of the film DeGenerazione (1994)) and “A ritroso”. In 1996 she directed a documentary on her father and, in 1998, one on cult director Abel Ferrara, “Abel/Asia” (1998), which won an award at the Rome Film Festival. In 1999, Asia made her feature-directing debut with “Scarlet Diva” (2000), in which she was the leading actress and author of the screenplay. The film was released in May 2000. It won an award at the Williamsburg Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York. In 2001, after directing a number of music videos, she gave birth to her first daughter, Anna Lou. In 2002, she starred in “La sirène rouge” (2002) by Olivier Megaton with Jean-Marc Barr and the action thriller “xXx” (2002), directed by Rob Cohen and starring Vin Diesel.

Asia is also the author of a number of short stories published in many prestigious magazines such as “Dynamo,” “L’Espresso,” “Sette,” and “Village,” Her first novel, “I Love You, Kirk,” was published in Italy by Frassinelli Editrice in October 1999 and in France by Florent Massot in 2001.

Argento appeared in Placebo’s music video for This Picture.

She dubbed the Italian version of the video game Mirror’s Edge in the role of the runner Faith Connors.

Argento has been part of the Legendary Tiger Man’s project Femina, which was released on September 14, 2009. She is featured on the song Life Ain’t Enough for You, which was released as a single along with the B-side My stomach is the Most Violent of All Italy, in which she also contributes vocals.

In May 2013, Argento released her debut LP, entitled “Total Entropy” under Nuun Music. She has performed works from the album at various venues in Germany, France and England. She is working on a number of film projects.